General Information
Official Name: Municipality of Polomolok
Province: South Cotabato
District: 1st District of South Cotabato
Nickname: The Agro-industrial and Sub-Urban Residential Center of South Cotabato, Land of Pineapple Shore
Government Type: Component Municipality
Income Class: 1st Class
Postal Code: 9504
Area Code: (0)83
Land Area: 339.97 km2
Area Elevation: 300m (1000 ft.) above sea level
Population (2010): 138,273

Government Officials (2010-2013)
District Representative: Cong. Pedro Acharon Jr.
Municipal Mayor: Hon. Isidro Lumayag
Vice-Mayor: Hon. Eliazar Jovero


Municipal Councilors:
• Hon. Jose R. Falcon
• Hon. Jude G. Bontuyan
• Hon. Nilda B. Almencion
• Hon. Leo J. Cordova
• Hon. Xavier J. Bayan
• Hon. Melani G. Deypalan
• Hon. Ireneo J. Cabahug


Introduction

The municipality of Polomolok has a myriad of charms with more texture than meets the eye.


Drive through the wide expanse of Dole Philippines Inc.’s rolling pineapple plantation that hypnotically go on till the foot of Mt. Matutum.


Play a round of golf at Kalsangi Golf and Country Club amongst the Norfolk pines with the majestic Mt. Matutum keeping score. The simple yet stylish interiors of Club Kalsangi harp on a home-like design, using a lot of earth tones, matched with comfort-food that is no less stellar than the surroundings. This is coupled with uninterrupted views which will transport one to a place of serenity and an almost zen-like peace. Here you can get around by a golf cart, but nothing beats a leisurely saunter.


Drop by a fruit stand to get a taste of South Cotabato’s freshest of fruits, from the large to the small, the familiar to the exotic. A sweet and tangy experience that is no doubt proof of the province’s agricultural richness.


Talk to the exotic animals at the Durian Garden atbp or the Dolores Farm Resort with their mini zoos, and of course try the fresh durian or maybe the durian ice cream, the durian pie, the durian candy; quite frankly the durian “to-dine-on list” amongst many other gastronomic specialties goes on. If your interests lean more toward the liquid side, there’s a smorgasbord of fresh and refreshing fruit drinks as well. All in all, the Polomolok experience makes for a delightfully unforgettable treat.

Located at the southern part of South Cotabato, Polomolok is nestled at the base of the most prominent scenic spot Mt. Matutum. It is cone-shaped and looms over the provinces at 2,286 meters high, a unique challenge to mountaineers. It is perhaps the provinces most imposing landmark.
Natural hot and cold spring abound at its foot. Natural springs are abundant within this area and provide free flowing water. Two of these springs have developed into natural resorts.


Town's History
The name Polomolok was derived from the B’laan term “FLOMLOK’ which means hunting grounds. In the early years, the place where the Poblacion is presently situated was known for its abundance of wild life. There were no roads and the lowlanders befriended the B’laan highlanders and utilized them as guides. Aside from a rich hunting ground, Polomolok had so many creeks with free flowing water coming from the hillsides. Those cool and clear flowing water encouraged foreigners to settle in this place. One of them was a Japanese trader Zenjiro Takahashi and his B’laan wife. He began clearing the area and planted agricultural crops. Not long after, some of the Christians came to settle and started to clear the area.
Political Divisions of Polomolok
In 1940, the Philippines Commonwealth government embarked on a very bold program of social amelioration. One of the projects was the distribution of lands to interested people who wanted to settle in Mindanao. Settlers were brought by boat to Dadiangas from Luzon and Visayas. On November 2, 1940, Polomolok was officially opened for settlement and known as POLOMOLOK SETTLEMENT DISTRICT. Atty. Ernesto Jimenez was appointed as its first overseer. He was responsible for the allocation of farm lots. Then came the creation of some barrios of the settlers. These were Palkan, Lemblisong, Polo, Polomolok Central (now Poblacion), Polomolok Creek (now Magsaysay), Sulit, Lamcaliaf, Kinilis, Glamang, Bentung, Koronadal Proper, Leve, and Silway. The first settlers, after a crop or two, started to invite their friends and relatives to settle in this place, because the soil was so fertile that any crop can survive due to favorable climate conditions.
The settlement program was interrupted for four years by the American-Japanese War. Don Francisco Natividad was appointed Military Mayor with Datu Badung Nilong as Vice Mayor and the late Sgt. Nuevarez as Chief of Police. In 1948, the late Perfecto Balili was designated NLSA Administrator with Rosendo Sarte as Officer-In-Charge. In 1954, the NLSA was abolished in the course of government reorganization. All records of NLSA were taken over by the Board of Liquidators. The Municipality of General Santos (formerly Buayan) was incorporated. On August 21, 1957, the Municipality of Polomolok was created by virtue of a Presidential Executive Order No. 264 signed by His Excellency, President Carlos P. Garcia. It started functioning as a regular and independent municipality on September 10, 1957 as a 6th class municipality. The local officials were appointed by the President. Its first appointed Mayor was Datu Badong Nilong.
From 1957 to 1963, the progress of this town was still very slow. Fields have always been green, harvest bountiful but farm products had low market value and circulation of cash was rather slow. Then came a breakthrough, when the largest pineapple company, the Dole Philippines, Inc. was planted and inaugurated on December 7, 1963. Since then Dolefil has been the big goose that lay golden eggs for this town.


Discover Polomolok
Recently, economic boosts rapidly the same as the constituent's basic needs. The local government unit of Polomolok with the leadership of Hon. Isidro Lumayag, are pursuing major changes to the town's perspective. Polomolok has already reached the requirements for cityhood.